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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (12 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412948770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412948777
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,993,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most textbooks discuss in vitro organizations: bloodless, lifeless, distorted and inanimated, hence ready for study and dissection. This volume is different. Written as a "realist's guide to management", it pictures organizations as they are in the "real world": alive, paradoxical, emotional, insecure, self-confident, responsible, irresponsible. This book, in other words, contains life, the life of organizations. To read this book is to live that life
Miguel Pina e Cunha
Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Managing and Organizations is a real adventure...it is a novel, innovative and unconventional textbook, which will not only inform but will also entertain...a real "must" in understanding the process of management and organizational behavior
Professor Cary L Cooper
CBE, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, and Editor in Chief of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management


Clegg, Kornberger and Pitsis take the reader on a fascinating journey into "the new world of management and organization theory". By moving from the individual to the globalization level, students are introduced to the complexities of managing and organizing.

Critical and practical, scholarly and aesthetically enjoyable…. What more could be expected of a learning and teaching

resource?
Richard Weiskopf
Department of Organization and Learning, School of Management, Innsbruck University


This is an exciting book. It covers the most important concepts in good currency . The coverage is based on the best and most relevant research. It connects with practical problems. It is written in language that is clear and accessible. It contains innovative exercises to help the readers expand their knowledge beyond simply reading this book
Chris Argyrs
James B. Conant Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and Monitor Group


This is truly the most exhaustive textbook on organization and management that ever existed. It conveys complex messages avoiding complicated style; it moves gracefully between the summaries of theories and examples from practice, between models to imitate and errors to be avoided, between micro and macro lenses applied to organizational phenomena. While obviously meant as a travel guide - a thorough and detailed manual for the beginners, it offers many unexpected insights and pearls of wisdom even for the most seasoned travelers interested in knowledge of and about management
Barbara Czarniawska
M.A., E.D, Professor of Management Studies, Göteborg University


This textbook does the impossible: it presents the latest, most complex and most unexpected research findings, it integrates critical perspectives that challenge managerial preconceptions, and it does all this with clear language and a focus on making knowledge useful. It is no wonder that business school faculty, students, and executives throughout the globe have chosen this as their preferred text
Joanne Martin
Merrill Professor of Organizational Behavior, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


This book is both scholarly and fun. It may even give textbooks a good name! I thoroughly recommend it to all students and lecturers who want something more enjoyable, insightful and enduringly satisfying than Mcmanagement takeaways or force-fed ivory tower correctness
Dr Richard J. Badham
Professor of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney




“This is an exciting book. It covers the most important concepts in good currency. The coverage is based on the best and most relevant research. It connects with practical problems. It is written in language that is clear and accessible. It contains innovative exercises to help the readers expand their knowledge beyond simply reading this book.”

(Chris Argyris 20080103)

“Managing and Organizations is a real adventure...it is a novel, innovative and unconventional textbook, which will not only inform but will also entertain...a real ‘must’ in understanding the process of management and organizational behavior.”

(Cary L. Cooper 20080103)

“This textbook does the impossible: it presents the latest, most complex and most unexpected research findings, it integrates critical perspectives that challenge managerial preconceptions, and it does all this with clear language and a focus on making knowledge useful. It is no wonder that business school faculty, students, and executives throughout the globe have chosen this as their preferred text.”

(Joanne Martin 20080103)

“Organizations are complicated and dynamic. This book for future and current managers does not simplify organizations but instead provides concepts, maps, examples, knowledge bits and cases which invite and deepen understanding of the complexity of organizations and organizing. The book is up-to-date yet historically grounded. It is easy to read yet richly textured. It maps the territory of organizational studies in clear and useful ways. Its lively format, excellent examples, and topical coverage make it a unique and highly relevant text for becoming a thoughtful practitioner of organizations.”

(Jane Dutton 20080103)

"Enhanced with a companion website and teacher's manual, 'Managing & Organization: An Introduction to Theory and Practice' is a must for any classroom teaching the subject, and for college library business collections." (Midwest Book Review Midwest Book Review 20080807)

"Managing & Organization: An Introduction to Theory and Practice" is a scholarly, educational text for business leaders looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of this core concept of business...is a must for any classroom teaching the subject, and for college library business collections." (Midwest Book Review 20080918)

About the Author

Martin Kornberger received his PhD form the University of Vienna in 2002. Currently he works as full time Visiting Professor at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. Trained as philosopher, he researches and teaches about practices of organizing, strategizing, accounting, and marketing, and explores how they shape, and are shaped by, the economy and society at large.

 




Stewart Clegg is a prolific publisher of several hundred articles in leading academic journals in strategy, social science, management and organization theory; is also the author and editor of about fifty books, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the recipient of significant awards from the American Academy of Management for his contributions to management theory and practice.

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By Simon HB on 19 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately this book is the set text for my MSc. It has all the necessary theories etc. - as you'd expect - but the style is mind numbingly boring plus it's FULL of spelling and grammatical errors. Granted it's not the most fascinating of topics but there are much better books out there - try A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organisations by Chris Grey. Avoid this book if you can. I couldn't...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inspired! on 3 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as it was one of several that were recommened to me having enrolled on a Management and Leadership programme. I have read several chapters and find the layout of the book very helpful with information mixed with examples, recent references to the theory as well as points where examples and questions are used to help the reader reflect on the subject and enrich their understanding often with well known situations and well known examples. I have visited the companion website linked with the book and there is plenty more information to digest and chapter summary podcasts for download. Over all a very good study aid for students new to the subject.
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By jamesrowe001 on 30 Dec. 2012
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Again it was a good book for getting knowledge from however the language is a bit difficult to grasp and if English isn't your first language you ma struggle however a good book for 1st/2nd year business students
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By Katarzyna Haladus on 18 Feb. 2013
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It's well written and shows a broad view on all of the topics. It also has definitions on the side which makes it easier to understand ideas incorporated in the text.
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By Aleksandra on 6 Nov. 2011
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It's a good book - a bit heavy and long, but it's recommended reading. I thought the delivery took a bit long, but it was ok overall.
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